Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 28, 2015
Scientists prevent, reverse diabetes-related kidney destruction in animal model
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, and scientists have found that infusing just a small dose of a cytokine, thought to help cause that failure, can instead prevent or reverse it.

Satellite animation shows powerful storm in central US
An animation of satellite imagery over the course of two days shows a massive low pressure system that generated severe weather in the southwestern and central US bringing snow, heavy rainfall, flooding and tornadoes.

Childhood asthma may increase risks of shingles
Nearly 1 million incidences of herpes zoster, which is also known as shingles, occur every year in the US, with an estimated one-third of all adults affected by age 80.

Seventy-four cuckoos in the nest: A new key to all North European cuckoo wasp species
Captivating with their vivid, brilliantly metallic bodies, the cuckoo wasps are also fascinating with their curious lifestyle, which has given them this common name.

Liquid salts deliver drugs through the skin with enhanced efficacy and reduced toxicity
Formulating drugs as liquid salts may provide a safe and efficient strategy for topical delivery of drugs that cause skin toxicity.

Most patients still prescribed opioids after nonfatal overdose, study finds
A study led by Boston Medical Center (BMC) indicates that most patients with chronic pain who are hospitalized after a nonfatal opioid overdose continue to receive prescription opioids after the overdose and are at high risk for experiencing a repeated overdose.

CWRU professor to build much desired chemical imager
A Case Western Reserve University faculty member has received National Science Foundation and other funding to build a faster, more capable chemical analyzer sought by science and engineering researchers, art conservators and more.

Eating healthy or feeling empty?
Eating too much is typically considered one of the prime culprits of obesity.

Seeking treatment earlier may improve heart attack outcomes
While hospitals have made strides in reducing the time it takes to treat heart attack patients once they arrive at the hospital, patient delays recognizing symptoms and seeking treatment are associated with increased damage to the heart, according to a study published online today in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

New study opens new door for ALS drug discovery
Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine announced the first-ever evidence-based description of the neuronal protein clumps thought to be important in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a fatal neurodegenerative condition.

Nanoworld 'snow blowers' carve straight channels in semiconductor surfaces
Easy to control, new gold-nanoparticle-catalyzed process for creating patterns of channels with nanoscale dimensions could help to spawn entirely new technologies fashioned from ensembles of ultra-small structures.

James Webb Space Telescope mirror halfway complete
Inside NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's massive clean room in Greenbelt, Maryland, the ninth flight mirror was installed onto the telescope structure with a robotic arm.

Tens of millions of trees in danger from California drought
California's forests are home to the planet's oldest, tallest and most-massive trees.

Hypnosis may provide new option for 'awake surgery' for brain cancer
Could hypnosis help to reduce the psychological trauma associated with 'awake craniotomy' for brain cancers?

Body tightly controls inflammatory response to pathogens, study finds
The body can control inflammatory response triggered by invasions of microbial pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses, a discovery that could lead to the development of new therapeutic agents for uncontrolled inflammation, according to researchers at Georgia State University.

Psychotherapies have long-term benefit for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome
A new meta-analysis has found that the beneficial effects of using psychological therapy to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are not only short term but are also long lasting.

Researchers find that in race stereotypes, issues are not so black and white
Recent race-related events in Ferguson, Mo., St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, Charleston, S.C., and New York City -- all point to the continuing need to study and understand race relations in modern America.

The entire history of the universe for curious minds of all education levels
Astrophysicist and award-winning writer Ethan Siegel recounts the entire development of modern cosmology, including relativity, the expanding universe, stellar nucleosynthesis, the Big Bang, as well as dark matter, dark energy, inflation and baryogenesis in a beautifully illustrated, equation-free book designed to revolutionize astronomy education for experts and non-experts alike.

Cell harm seen in lab tests of e-cigarettes
A lab team at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System tested two types of electronic cigarettes and found they damaged cells in ways that could lead to cancer.

Humans probably not alone in how we perceive melodic pitch
The specialized human ability to perceive the sound quality known as 'pitch' can no longer be listed as unique to humans.

Scientists sequence first ancient Irish human genomes
The genomes show unequivocal evidence for mass migrations into Ireland.These genetic influxes are likely to have brought cultural changes including the transition to agriculture, Bronze metalworking and may have been the origin of western Celtic language.

Second contagious form of cancer found in Tasmanian devils
Transmissible cancers are believed to arise extremely rarely in nature.

Carnegie Mellon develops new method for analyzing synaptic density
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new approach to broadly survey learning-related changes in synapse properties.

River ecosystems show 'incredible' initial recovery after dam removal
A songbird species that flourishes on the salmon-rich side of dams in the western United States struggles when it tries to nest on the side closed off from the fish and the nutrients they leave behind.

Lifestyle switching -- Bacillus cereus is able to resist certain antibiotic therapies
The pathogenic bacterium Bacillus cereus causes vomiting and diarrhoea as well as systemic and local infections.

SUNY Downstate researchers identify areas of plague risk in western US
Researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center have identified and mapped areas of high probability of plague bacteria in the western United States.

Researchers link climate-induced disasters and food security across time and place
Recent research suggests that societal vulnerability to food shortage causes susceptibility to dangerous outcomes from climate challenges.

Scientists detect inherited traits tied to sleep, wake, and activity cycles
In the first study of its kind, a team of international scientists led by UT Southwestern Medical Center and UCLA researchers have identified a dozen inherited traits related to sleep, wake, and activity cycles that are associated with severe bipolar disorder.

Treatment time lags for heart attack patients with prior bypass graft surgery
Heart attack patients who had previously undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery were less likely than other heart attack patients, including those with prior angioplasty, to be treated within the 90-minute recommended 'door-to-balloon time,' according to a study published today in the JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Myopia-related differences in eye structure may help in developing 'customized' intraocular lenses
The presence of myopia, or nearsightedness, significantly affects the muscles used in focusing the lens of the eye -- a finding with important implications for the development of 'accommodating' implanted intraocular lenses (IOLs) that can adjust to different visual distances, reports a study in the January issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry.

Breast cancer detection rate using ultrasound is shown to be comparable to mammography
The use of ultrasound in detecting breast cancer has been shown to be comparable in its sensitivity to that of mammography and should be considered when testing for the disease according to a study published Dec.

To bolster a new year's resolution, ask, don't tell
'Will you exercise this year?' That simple question can be a game-changing technique for people who want to influence their own or others' behavior, according to a recent study spanning 40 years of research.

New acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new nondestructive technique for investigating phase transitions in materials by examining the acoustic response at the nanoscale.

Researchers see promising results in treating age-related decline in muscle mass and power
A proof-of-concept, phase 2 trial by an international research team has found promising results for a myostatin antibody in treating the decline in muscle mass and power associated with aging.

A new metamaterial will speed up computers
A team of scientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics in the Russian Academy of Sciences has proposed a two-dimensional metamaterial composed of silver elements, that refracts light in an unusual way.

Almost all patients continue to get opioid prescriptions after overdose
More than 90 percent of patients with chronic pain continue to receive prescription opioids after an overdose and are at high risk for experiencing a repeated overdose, according to an article published in Annals of Internal Medicine. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to